Today we are going to shift some focus to a player that almost nobody has heard of before, Jeremy McNichols, a running back for the Tennessee Titans. McNichols was a 2017 fifth round pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and has bounced around to the 49ers, Colts, Broncos, Titans, Bears, and Jaguars. So what makes McNichols special, or even average? Every time he hits the field, whether it be designed to relieve Henry, or he just gets the ball randomly, I love watching this kid play. He may not have the same dominant physicality that Derrick Henry has, but he is still a speedy, physical runner. His running ability makes people like David Johnson and Todd Gurley that have broken legs look very slow.
McNichols attended Boise State University and had two 1000 yard seasons, including a 1702 yard campaign in his final year. In his short NFL career, he has posted only 141 yards, but it has been at a whopping 6.1 yards per carry, that is insane guys! But let’s focus on 2020 alone for McNichols.
According to playerprofiler.com, McNichols has an adjusted YPC of 6.3, which is at the level of most elite running backs, and this is off of 21 total carries on the year. Another crazy stat is that McNichols creates 1.72 yards after the first evaded tackle. To create a comparison for these stats, I pulled the same data from Alvin Kamara. Kamara’s adjusted YPC is 5.0, and he creates 1.09 yards per carry. Or let’s take Derrick Henry, 4.8 adjusted YPC and creates 2.08 of his own yards. And these are the two best running backs in football!
McNichols should get more carries, or be given to a team that will better utilize his talents because this kid can play. I will be tracking his career, and I suggest that everyone else does the same. Let me know what you think of McNichols on Twitter (@NFLHeads2020), or through our gmail, [email protected]!